Winehouse death not down to illegal drugs

Amy Winehouse performing in Berlin in 2007

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GRAMMY winning musical genius AMY WINEHOUSE, who died last month, did not die from a drugs overdose, toxicology tests have revealed – although, booze was present in her system.

The 27-year-old who died tragcially, Saturday, July 23, it was claimed that she had possibly died of a suspected drug overdose” in her north London home of Camden, had always had an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Paramedics turned up to the London residence at around four that afternoon, but told waiting media that her death was "unexplained."

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, who had been desperate to see his daughter on the straight and narrow, had predicted a couple of years ago that if she didn't beat her addiction to booze and drugs, it would be the end for her.

A few weeks ago, Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch had gone to Parliament to try to get some MPs to back his plans to set up a drug rehabilitation centre in the name of his daughter.

Winehouse, before her death, had recently been on a European tour, but it had to be cut short because she had been too ill to perform to packed audiences. She was even booed off stage at one gig as she could hardly stand up to deliver her lyrics.

She  shot to fame in the early millennium, and scooped multiple Grammys and a Mercury prize, is a classic example of how the notoriety of fame and fortune, and raw talent corrupts a living soul. It's true what they say in life, that those with raw talent, are always the maddest, in the sense that they either have addictive personalities, or, they can't cope with fame being thrust upon them. No matter how good a manager is, or how many friends, caring family members, you can't tell someone what they should do when they are intent or stubborn on doing what they like. As Fleetwood Mac used to say in their song, "You can go your own way."

Tributes have poured in from the world of music, stardom, and even an ex-UK Prime minister's wife Sarah Brown, wife of Gordon Brown, managed tweet a heartfelt tribute to the former music wonder, whose problems have been compared to the jazz greats of the past decades, including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and the saxophonist John Coltrane, who was a heroin addict in his time, but was a saxophone genius.

He produced great pieces of music such as Blue Train. Genius Miles Davis, the Trumpeter, had an embattled addiction to drugs also. In fact, there is probably no one in the world of music who would not admit to having had a problem one way or another with drugs, drink.

It's the nature of the music industry that with talent, comes the abuse of talent. Some people just cannot handle the rise of instant fame, including being chased around and used as journalistic fodder for tabloid hacks and paparazzi, eager for a scoop in the next day's edition of The Sun or Sunday's ex-News of the Screws.

Ironic isn't it, that the very newspaper that enjoyed the tittle-tattle of the celebrity bubble won't be writing a scoop in tomorrow's paper. The News of the World would have salivated at being able to write an obituary column of the dead troubled musical star.

One tabloid hack, talking on Sky News, said that it was sad for the tabloid press, famous for hounding her, to be reporting on the death of a talented musical genius. He said noone wants to be doing this.

Hacks across the pond have also been paying fitting tributes to Winehouse.

Ex-Mirror editor, Piers Morgan, who had his fair share of bad press last week, especially in the phone hacking scandal, delivered this tribute on Twitter.

He said: "Such desperately sad news re Amy Winehouse. Supreme natural talent, terrible self-destructive addictive personality. #RIP."

The 1960s/70s rock band the Rolling Stones have had their fair share of problems related to driink and drugs. Other greats in the world of music have come through the other side, or battled hard to fight the terrible plight of addiction to illegal substances.

1960s underrated folk singer Nick Drake, was another singer song-writer, talented, and who suffered from depression, and an addiction to soft drugs, but who was never fully appreciated until his death, and then, when his first album Five Leaves Left was released, everyone was desperate to bask in his talent.

Amy Winehouses's music will live on, as her moody, but spooky song, "rehab," on her award-winning album "back to Black," will be a sad and tragic tesimony to her own personal problems with drugs, both legal and illegal.

Her friend, Kelly Osbourne, daughter of ex-XFactor Judge Sharon Osbourne,the program which often kickstarts the musical careers of craving pop wannabes, tweeted: "I miss my friend."

And added: "I cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. I love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you."

Although not everyone have been paying homage to the Queen of moody pop. Some Facebookers have been saying that the deceased singer songwriter's death was her own making, and they had "no sympathy."

Twitter's live stream #Winehouse had been inundated with people expressing their condolences, and fans packed out her home when the news went viral around north London.

The only other point to make is that Winehouses's death should possibly highlight that more needs to be done on drug's policy in the UK. More help is needed for those, rich or poor, famous or not, who battle drugs or alcohol addiction.

It's the scourge of our nation. And unfortunately, whether intentionally or not, celebrities' shambolic lifestyles do rub off on those who are not fortunate to have the shield of wealth or money to protect them or to save them.

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